A 28-year-old Omaha man is accused of spanking a 2-year-old girl so hard that she suffered multiple internal injuries.
Tasheem Battles has been charged with intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison.
Omaha police officers were called to the Nebraska Medical Center on April 24 after a 2-year-old girl had been examined by doctors. Her mother and Battles, who was the mother’s boyfriend, told police that the girl had complained of stomach pain the night before but did not voice a potential cause.
Doctors said the girl suffered bruising to her stomach, a cut to her spleen and injuries to her pancreas and liver, according to an affidavit.
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Officers followed up with the couple five days later. Battles told police that he may have caused the injuries to the girl when he spanked her the night before. He said he bent the girl over his knee and hit her in the bathroom.
Battles said he was “frustrated and spanked her with more force than he meant to,” the affidavit said.
An hour later, the girl said her stomach hurt.
The mother has since moved out of the home near 42nd Street and Ames Avenue, where she had been renting a room from Battles’ brother.
Battles is being held at the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail.